This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 Excerpt: ...of beauty, the undeveloped artistic feeling of the country. In this vast workshop, where a new order of society is being fashioned, his work has been and still is misunderstood and undervalued. Its detachment from work-a-day interests, from ethical agitations, from social and political movements, from the toils and trials of the hour, from the spirit of restless energy, have seemed to many.Americans to show an entire lack of seriousness, and without seriousness there is no real art; they have failed to see that Poe was deeply and genuinely serious in his love of beauty, his passion for perfection of form. In his vision of the place of beauty in the rounded life of the soul, in the harmonious social expression of humanity, he was far in advance of the civilization in which he lived, and he is still far in advance of any general sensitiveness to the delicate and spiritual harmonies of which art is the language. The sum and substance of Poe's real offence is that he was an artist and an artist only. Poe reacted so radically from the practical ideals and work of his time that he took refuge in pure ideality. The refuge of the artist is always to be found in his art; and to a nature so sensitive as Poe's. a mind so delicately adjusted to its tools and its task, and so easily thrown out of relation to them, there was perhaps no other resource. Between the art of the author of Israfel and the life about him there was a deep abyss which the poet never attempted to cross. The material with which he constantly dealt becomes significant alike of the extraordinary susceptibility of his genius, and of the lack of the forms of life about him to satisfy and inspire him. He expresses the dissonance which has so far existed between the essentially ideal quality of the Ameri...This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed.
|Title||:||Transactions Volume 1|
|Author||:||Bronx Society of Arts and Sciences|
|Publisher||:||Rarebooksclub.com - 2012-05-20|